Cow's milk allergy - practical strategies for parents

We have worked with Dr Netali Levi, a Child Clinical Psychologist who works with children with cow’s milk allergy and their families, to develop a guide containing practical tips and techniques for parents to help you manage and cope with your child’s food allergies and feeding disorders.

This includes tips to help diminish stigma, improve your communications with your child, other children, other parents and your child’s carers. The guide also covers practical strategies to help deal with anxiety, worry, guilt and the broader impact on family life.

Click here to download the CMA – Practical strategies for parents guidance booklet, which also comes with three supplementary chapters.

Although you and your immediate family unit may be familiar and comfortable with your child’s nutritional needs, wider family members and / or friends may not be as clear on the precautions and steps they should take with your child. Here are some tips to help guide your conversations:

  • Keep it simple: Keep information simple and to the point. Do not ‘scare’ others into what may happen, but ensure they understand the importance of your child’s allergy or special nutritional needs. Keep in mind that in many cases, your child is just as healthy as other children, as long as they are eating the correct diet.
  • Keep things in perspective: Food allergies are becoming more common, so your child may not be the only one facing a restricted / modified diet. Other parents in your school or within your wider family unit may be in a similar situation, so try to keep a healthy perspective on your child’s needs.
  • Be prepared: Consider whether it would be beneficial for your wider family, carers or your child’s school teachers to read information about your child’s specific nutritional needs, and if so, try to provide them with some background. Depending on your child’s specific needs, you may want to book an appointment to discuss this more formally with their head / class teacher. Make sure your child’s school has an individual allergy / nutrition plan and that all of the teachers are aware of what your child can and cannot have.

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RXANI140098 Date of preparation: March 2014